You can't pour from an empty cup

If you can’t support yourself, how can you support anybody else?! On this page, you’ll learn how to take care of yourself while you’re caring for others, and hear from community members about the importance of self-care and boundaries when supporting loved ones.

Video clips

Watch as some community members talk about why self-care is important.

How can we make time for our self-care? Creating boundaries around our commitments, including boundaries around how we care for others, is one way to make space for self-care. Watch as community members talk about what kind of boundaries they implement, and why they matter.

Fact sheets

Self care tip sheet - support

Not sure what self-care might look like for you? This factsheet has some advice on self-care.

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Boundaries_Mental Health Tip Sheet

Need more information about implementing healthy boundaries? Check out this factsheet on establishing and maintaining boundaries.

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Stories from community members

Click on the links below to read more about the support community members receive from their chosen families.

Amber's Story

Amber is a non-binary, bi+ human who organises with the Sydney Bi+ Network. Here, they discuss the importance of some of their self-care strategies, especially when they’re supporting other people. On days when they might be struggling with their mental health, Amber feels disconnected and isolated, and as though the...

Nicholas' Story

Nicholas is 26 and lives in Junee. Here he talks about how he practices self-care and uses boundaries when supporting others to maintain his mental health. Nicholas maintains a busy life, and stresses the importance of balancing his commitments when trying to maintain his mental health “Good mental health, to...

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